O/Modernt New Generation Orchestra combines the forces of O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and New Generation scheme that was launched by Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/Modern’) in 2017. In this special formation, the members of O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra are sharing the stage with a group of talented young musicians from Stockholm who have been offered a unique opportunity to perform in concert with top-level professional players from all over Europe. The orchestra performs innovative and adventurous programmes in the spirit of O/Modernt, combining old and new in totally unexpected ways. Regular soloist collaborations include world-class artists such as Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nils Landgren, as well as jazz artists, rappers and choreographers. O/Modernt New Generation scheme fellows regularly perform at the annual Festival O/Modernt in Stockholm and often complement O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra on tour. Over the last decade, they have performed in Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, and return to Young Euro Classic to make their fifth appearance at the festival.
The musical world of the Swedish violinist Hugo Ticciati is characterized by infinite curiosity. The 42-year-old, brother of the chief conductor of Berlin’s DSO, Robin Ticciati, includes literature, philosophy, spirituality and meditation in his programmes, just like dance and kinetic painting. He performs the classical violin concertos, but also delves into contemporary music with verve. Ticciati has works by Takemitsu, Shchedrin, Glass and Lera Auerbach in his repertoire and has also given works by Albert Schnelzer, Sergey Yevtushenko, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Judith Weir their world premieres recently. He is a passionate chamber musician, working with the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianists Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen and the trombonist Nils Landgren, for example. In addition, Hugo Ticciati is the artistic director of the O/Modernt Kammarorkester and the O/Modernt Festival. Recently he has turned increasingly to conducting as well and has been invited to work with the Swedish and Australian Chamber Orchestras as well as Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.
Nils Landgren is doubtlessly one of Europe’s most successful jazz musicians. Fans and observers of the 66-year-old Swede are already wondering whether his days might have more than 24 hours. Critics have nominated him as the hardest working man in show business. When “Mr. Redhorn,” the man with the red trombone, is not touring with his legendary band Funk Unit or other projects bearing his name, he works as a producer and talent scout or is found passing his know-how on to his students. In the German capital, he has made a name for himself as the artistic director of the JazzFest Berlin. It is not least his versatility which is admired in this musician, who began playing drums at the age of six and discovered the trombone for himself at 13: apart from hardcore jazz, he is devoted to Swedish folk music – or he might record romantic and idiosyncratic Christmas songs, as he did on his album Christmas With My Friends. In cooperation with Doctors without Borders, Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit supports a music education project for children and teenagers in one of the largest slums of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. After leading the successful “Classic meets Jazz” projects at Young Euro Classic from 2014 to 2019, Nils Landgren returns with O/Modernt, which he had introduced to the festival in 2014.
The British pianist Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between classical music and jazz, performing as a soloist, with orchestras and choruses, big bands and individual musicians. His artistic influences range from jazz legends such as Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny to “classical” composers such as Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Béla Bartók and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2018/19 Simcock was artist-in-residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg. In 2001 his solo album Good Days at Schloss Elma appeared, receiving outstanding reviews. In 2014 he released two more albums, Instrumation with the City of London Sinfonia and Reverie at Schloss Elmau, a duo with bass player Yuri Goloubev; in 2019 a new solo album, Near and Now, followed. Gwilym Simcock is a member of the group The Impossible Gentlemen and tours regularly with Pat Metheny’s Quartet. He also teaches jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He has lived in Amsterdam since 2013. He finished his Master’s degree in Cross-Over Music with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2019. He performs regularly as a member of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra (Stockholm) led by Hugo Ticciati and as a chamber musician and improviser at festivals in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. Together with young musicians from all over Europe, Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a founding member of the Berlin-based ensemble c/o chamber orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration. Jordi Carrasco Hjelm has performed as a guest player with a diverse set of ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Matthew Barley Ensemble (UK), the location-based improvisation concept Buro Nieuw Perspectief (NL) and the string orchestra Arte Frizzante (CH). In 2021 his latest composition for solo double bass was premiered at the Wonderfeel Festival in Helsinki.
Robert İkiz is known as an extremely versatile drummer/percussionist having played and recorded all sorts of music from straight-ahead jazz to funk and pop. By the age of 2 he was accompanying Tchaikovsky symphonies on pots and pans in his grandmother’s apartment in Istanbul. He moved to Stockholm from Istanbul when he was 4 years old. İkiz studied Afro-American music programme at the Stockholm Music Conservatory (1995-1998). In 1998 he received a scholarship to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy. İkiz has performed, taught and recorded in over 50 countries. In addition to awards from the Swedish Royal Music Academy, in 2015 Ikiz was nominated as “the musician of the year” for Jazzkatten, the biggest Swedish jazz prize. He has run his record company, Stockholm Jazz Records, since 2002. Checking In (2012) was his debut album as a solo artist. İkiz has performed with bands including the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Dan Reed Band, Jacob Karlzon 3 and Petter Bergander Trio. İkiz is also member of three exiting duos with the eminent musicians Magnus Lindgren, Cenk Erdogan and Mousa Elias.
Born in 1976, Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia. She has won first prizes from major international piano competitions, notably the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Terni, 2006), International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, 2005) and Jaén International Piano Contest (Jaén, 2004). In 2008 she was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Irina has also been a laureate of the Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005), and, as a harpsichordist and as fortepianist, of the Festival van Vlaanderen competition in Bruges (2004). She was the winner of the 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.
”Ave Maria [...] Virgo serena” arr. Johannes Marmén
„Selim” arr. Gwilym Simcock
Three Pieces for String Quartet
”Mille regretz” Chanson for Four Voices arr. Johannes Marmén
”Recollections” arr. Gwilym Simcock
”Sivad” arr. Gwilym Simcock
”In A Silent Way” arr. Gwilym Simcock
Concerto en Ré for String Orchestra ”Basel Concerto”
”Une mousse de Bisquaye” Monody arr. Johannes Marmén
”Little Church” arr. Gwilym Simcock
”So What” arr. Gwilym Simcock
”La plus des plus” Chanson for Three Voices arr. Johannes Marmén
”All Blues” arr. Gwilym Simcock
About the concert
The legend returns: Nils Landgren, the artistic brain behind Classic meets Jazz at Young Euro Classic for many years, comes back for another encounter with the visions of the younger generation. In Hugo Ticciati, the creative mind of O/Modernt, he has a brilliant sparring partner: together they combine works by the renaissance master Josquin des Préz with the impulses of jazz icon Miles Davis. “Ave Maria” meets “Little Church”.
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